Companies in many industries, including technology, construction, and healthcare, are completely renewing the way their manufacturing arms design, build, produce, and service the goods they need for projects and customers.
Just five years ago, these manufacturers began to embark on the second arrival of their own industrial revolution. It was not enough for the Internet and even mobile technology to create a lot of efficiencies in the production cycle.
Virtual technologies that drive the next industrial revolution
Instead, a few years ago, these manufacturers began to see how virtual technologies could completely change the way they operate, interact with design teams, and provide more timely responses to customer inquiries.
Gains in these areas as a result of virtual technologies have been quick to illustrate remarkable and early returns for the executives who run these companies.
In fact, nearly half of executives surveyed in a recent survey (44 percent) said they experience approximately 10 percent of operating savings through the use of immersive mixed-reality technologies in the areas of design, training, production. or customer service for your business. A year ago, only a quarter of companies (26 percent) saw similar results in savings.
In terms of overall production efficiency, 45% of companies see at least a 10% increase in production efficiency today, compared to only 11% a year ago.
However, these increases do not tell the whole story. When these virtualized technologies (such as augmented reality and virtual reality, AR / VR) were initially used by manufacturers, they were exploited in a “local” environment. However, today they are used in a cloud environment, which brings even more efficiency and returns to the business.
Difference between local and cloud?
The basic difference between the cloud and local data is where you live. Local software and data are installed locally, on the manufacturer’s computers and servers within the actual installation, while software and cloud data are hosted on a server and accessed through from a web browser over the Internet.
Local infrastructures limit the speed and scalability required for current virtual designs and also limit the ability to exchange knowledge between organizations that can be critical in designing new products and understanding the best way for virtual accumulations.
Cloud-based automation technologies that are critical
Manufacturers overcome these limitations by leveraging cloud-based (or remote server-based) virtual platforms powered by distributed cloud architecture and 3D-based artificial intelligence. These cloud platforms provide the desired performance and scalability to drive innovation in the industry at high speed and scale.
Imagine what it would be like to virtually design an airplane using the different glasses filters used by an ophthalmologist during a typical eye exam. Some filters allow you to read only the largest print because they restrict your ability to read; this would be designed virtually in a local software environment. Other filters allow you to see fine print accurately – this is what is possible in a cloud environment.
Cloud environments allow for more accurate 3D digital mapping
One of the key requirements for virtual applications is to accurately overlay an object on its model or digital twin. This helps to provide work instructions for assembly and training, as well as detect any errors or defects in manufacturing.
Most object tracking systems on your device use tracking based on 2D images and / or markers. This severely limits the accuracy of the overlay in a 3D environment because 2D tracking cannot estimate depth with high accuracy and, consequently, scale and position. This means that while users can achieve what looks like a good match when viewed from an angle and / or position, the overlay loses proper accuracy during alignment.
3D AI based on deep learning allows users to identify arbitrary shape and size 3D objects in various orientations with high precision in 3D space. This approach is scalable in any arbitrary way and can be used in business use cases that require the overlapping of complex 3D models and digital twins with their real-world counterparts.
Cloud technology is critical to achieving this level of detail, as the technology and hardware used in a local environment are easily overheated from the required computing power. Virtual technology requires a precise and persistent fusion of the real and the virtual world. This means representing complex models and scenes with photorealistic details, represented in the correct physical location (both real-world and virtual) with the correct scale and position.
This is only achieved today by using discrete GPUs from one or more cloud-based servers and delivering frames rendered wirelessly or remotely to head-mounted displays (HMDs), such as Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus Quest.
A growing number of manufacturers are moving their virtual solutions away from local data centers. Today, 48% of companies use cloud-hosted environments and another 21% say they will take advantage of the cloud when implementing immersive reality solutions in the future.
Dijam Panigrahi is co-founder and COO of GridRaster, a leading provider of cloud-based AR / VR platforms that drive compelling high-quality AR / VR experiences on enterprise mobile devices.